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Saturday 19 August 2017

Irish holidaymaker drowns in Lanzarote

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Kathy Armstrong and Ian Begley

Tributes have been paid to an Irish woman who has tragically lost her life in Lanzarote.

Elaine O'Donovan, originally from Waterford but now living in London, was on holiday when she drowned on Tuesday.

Ms O'Donovan, who was in her 40s, had studied engineering in Cork.

She worked as an environmental engineer and had travelled the world with her work.

Fianna Fáil councillor Adam Wyse said that people in Waterford had been left stunned by news of her death.

Shock

While Mr Wyse did not personally know Ms O'Donovan, he said that he had heard that she was a kind and caring individual.

"It's a very sad time for her family and friends.

"The whole city is talking about this, people are just shocked," he told the Irish Independent.

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to her loved ones at this time.

"People have been saying that she was a real family person.

"It's so sad to think that she was away on holiday and trying to enjoy herself, it just shows you never know what can happen.

"It's tragic, I think the fact she was on holiday means people can really relate to this."

Sinn Féin councillor Breda Brennan echoed these sentiments, describing the incident as 'heartbreaking'.

"It's going to be a very sad time for her family and friends, it's heartbreaking," she said last night.

"I just want to send my condolences to them."

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to the Irish Independent that it is aware of the case.

A spokeswoman said it is providing consular assistance to her family but won't be commenting further.

A friend of Ms O'Donovan took to Facebook to express her condolences, describing her as "one of a kind".

One person wrote: "Such sad news. Gorgeous girl with great humour."

Another friend commented: "Beautiful lady inside and out. Always smiling."

The tragic news comes a week after an Irish man was stabbed to death at an apartment in Morocco.

The victim was discovered with stab injuries.

The man, who was in his 60s, was moved to Hassan II Hospital in Agadir where he died as a result of his injuries.

Irish Independent

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